Audio Slideshow

Healthy Smoothies With a Fun Kick

Funfetti cake is healthy. Suite Leaf Nutrition promotes these meal replacement smoothies packed full of protein and nutrients that keep you feeling full. Crystalyn Wyatt tells more about these flavorful smoothies and how they make it easy for their customers to make them at home.

Audio Slideshow

Up next you ask? Audio Slideshows!

An audio slideshow is a simple form of multimedia storytelling. Further, it offers a symbiotic relationship between audio and photos. Instead of using video, an audio slideshow uses multiple photos to help convey an audio message. This is where visual referencing comes in to play. Your photos have to agree, or match up, with what you are hearing for your audio slideshow to make sense to the viewer. Photos should stay on the screen for roughly five seconds each. Your photos should also include a variety of different shots, such as wide shots, tight shots, and a portrait if it is relevant. 

For this assignment we are still using Voddio. Oh the joy of Voddio. There are a few downfalls to this app that I would like to mention: 1) it likes to crash & 2) it doesn’t allow you to move your tracks around easily. 

Other than that, the app is fairly user friendly. It takes a lot of tedious work, but no matter what program or app you choose to create an audio clip, or audio slideshow, it will be time consuming and monotonous. Also, despite crashing, the app has not lost any of my work (knock on wood). Here is a tip: if you want to speed up the editing process take some extra time to plan how you want to lay out your story before you bring your files into your project. 

All in all, using mobile devices sure beats caring around big, bulky camera bags and recording devices. Maybe I am bias towards Apple, but I will take these limitations for the easy accessibility! 

Stay tuned for my audio slideshow to be posted soon. 


First, I would like to start of by saying that a couple corporate Apple people are coming to sit in on my class, HOW COOL!!

Besides that, I am currently working on my audio story. This story will be 1:00-1:30 minutes long and will consist of an unnarrated interview with natural sound. I will post the final product to this blog when it’s completed.

I am currently working with the Herbalife 24Fit Challenge class for my assignment, which is a six-week progressive boot (fit) camp that includes 12 classes of physical training. It also includes extreme fitness challenges, a fitness evaluation, coaching, and a complete body transformation. This camp is free to the community and is offered by Suite Leaf Nutrition. The class is on Tuesdays at either 6 a.m. or 6 p.m.

For this assignment, our class is using an app called Voddio. We record within this app and are able to edit the clip there also. To get sound we use either a stick mic or a Mikey because these are both better than the native mic on the phone or iPad. I prefer the stick mic because it allows you to get directional sound.

 Now I leave you with the 10 Commandments of Natural Sound:

  1. Thou shalt get one minute of ambient sound.
  2. Thou shalt keep the mic in the same place.
  3. Thou shalt not walk on the end of sound bytes.
  4. Thou shalt wear headphones and keep them clean.
  5. Thou shalt shun the evil hums, such as refrigerators, projectors etc.
  6. Thou shalt have no music playing in the background.
  7. Thou shalt have interviewee prounce their first, last name and title.
  8. Thou shalt check tape before departing.
  9. Thou shalt hold mic close to interviewee.
  10. Thou shalt get another minute of ambience, just in case.


Another Snow Day…. and some Iphoneography

My professor once said, “the best camera you have is the one in your hands.”

There are many pros and cons to using an iPhone to take pictures. In contrast to a DSLR camera, when using an iPhone, or any iOS platform, there are three things you cannot control. Those include: ISO (how much light can stay in the picture), Aperture (how much light goes through the hole), and Shutter Speed.

With these limitations, the iPhone does not take great action photos. It does, however, take  awesome still life photography! Every photo of France that has been previously posted on my blog was taken with my iPhone.

When using iPhones you have to take light into consideration. Generally speaking, iPhones don’t work well in dark areas. One tip I found helpful was to shoot with light from the side because the iPhone sometimes processes shadows better than light.

Another tip I want to pass along is zoom with your feet, not your phone. When you use the zoom on your phone it simply makes your photo fuzzy and it isn’t very appealing to the eyes.

When taking award winning photography, composition is key. I like to follow the rule of thirds. If you look below at the picture I took this snowy afternoon you notice that the trees are not placed in the center of the photo. If that were the case, it might be pretty boring to look at. Instead, using the rule of thirds, I placed the trees in the outer edges of the frame. I also used the concept of layers, or idea of rows. Each tree makes up a different layer giving a sense of depth and the final layer consists of the houses and the snow covered street. Notice as you look at the photo your eye bounces between the layers. The street also acts as a leading line and directs your eyes to the snowy overcast. It makes the photo more captivating because it’s almost interactive. It gives your eyes somewhere to go, rather than being static looking at a subject that is stationed in the middle of the frame.


I like to use camera+ because with this app you can pull up grid lines on your phone to help with the composition, especially for amateur photographers, like myself. Stay tuned for my “Seeing Red” themed photos to be posted soon!



Welcome to J2150!

Well, it’s time to get back into the swing of things! Especially after having an incredible winter break from school. I got to spend my break interning at KMBC 9 News and then ended it with a relaxing trip to Mexico. In between all that, however, I took an online class. No regrets, because its one less worry for me! Anyways… you could say I kept myself pretty busy.

But, I’m glad to be back because I think I have to be taking one of the coolest classes at Mizzou yet: Journalism 2150 a.k.a. Multimedia Journalism. This isn’t just any class though. I happen to be one of thirteen students who, after applying, got accepted to take a new experimental lab. In this lab we will be learning the iOS (Apple) platform. Journalism is continually taking on new forms thanks to the growing technology. So this class is intended to teach me useful skills that hopefully align with where journalism is headed. Those skills include: 

-How to do everything on a single platform

-How to use your phone to take award-winning photography

-How to find interesting sound everywhere

-How to tell stories on the Web in new and interesting ways

-How to tweet and blog with authority

-How to make GIFS and use them to illustrate news stories

With that being said, I will be blogging about this class in the coming weeks along with various other things. So get excited, because I am!